Call to nominate key worker to have a night to remember at charity ball

Businesses across Sussex are being urged to nominate a key worker hero - and give them a night out they’ll never forget at The Barnum’s Bonanza Ball.

Last year's ball
Last year's ball

The circus spectacular charity night of food, fundraising and entertainment is organised by Brighton Round Table and has been running for more than 20 years.

This year, however, there is a twist.

The celebration has a new home at The Grand hotel, Brighton, and aims to pay tribute to the key workers who have played such a big part in helping local communities through the coronavirus crisis.

All money raised will go to the Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals Charity (BSUH Charity), and businesses are being urged to ask staff to nominate a key worker hero who has made a difference in their lives.

The event is scheduled for Saturday, October 3 2020 and for every table of ten bought, a free space will be provided for a key worker – and a special tribute will made to them during the evening.

The package, open to individuals as well as groups, includes a welcome drink, three course dinner and half bottle of wine per person, plus a spectacular circus themed event – and, of course, dancing long into the night.

Dave Moon of Brighton Round Table said: “We pride ourselves not only on raising funds for the local community but also on giving everyone a really good fun night out they will remember forever.

“This year we want key workers to have that opportunity, too. The people who are currently putting their lives at risk every day to keep our communities safe and functioning.

Co-organiser James Mortimer added: “From NHS staff to carers, bus drivers to waste disposal officers, police to retail workers and fire officers to delivery drivers, they all deserve our thanks. So, who would you choose to take?

“Already our main sponsor, Prestige Enterprises South Ltd of Worthing, has agreed to sponsor an entire table for key workers. Now we want other businesses to follow suit.”

There are two ways businesses can help. Either by buying a table of 10 – and a space for a nominated key worker hero will be provided free. Or they can take out an advert in the event brochure for £175 and this will allow a key worker to attend free of charge.

“The dream is to fill the hall, with a key worker on every table – and give them a night of fun that really says ‘thank you’ for what they have done,” Dave added

Round Table is a social and fundraising club for men, with 300 branches across the country, and a strong following in Sussex.

Brighton Round Table is being supported by friends from Lewes, Mid Sussex, Eastbourne, and Hastings branches for The Barnum’s Bonanza Ball.

If social distancing rules make it impossible to hold the event in October, it will be moved to another date with no changes to the format or line-up.

Other charities supported over the years by Brighton Round Table include Amaze, a charity which provides respite for parents with disabled children, the Hanover Homeless Project (which provides care packages for getting people from the streets into a more permanent accommodation, Barford Court in Hove and St Barnabas House hospice in Arundel.

Individual tickets for The Barnum’s Bonanza Ball cost £70. Sponsorship packages and brochure adverts are also available.

For all enquiries please contact [email protected] or call Dave on: 07401 885580 or James on: 07900 265 500

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